Perry has been attempting to speak with the president for some time to advance the state's ideas about stemming illegal drugs and immigration.
"We're happy to take any opportunity," said Perry spokeswoman Catherine Cesinger. "Even though it is brief, the governor welcomes the opportunity to discuss this issue with the president."
Perry said there's been too much talk about illegal immigration – fueled by debates over an Arizona law and the 14th Amendment's guarantee of birthright citizenship – and not enough discussion of border security.
"It's one of the reasons I want to meet with the president," Perry said. "I want to sit down with the president – or, matter of fact, I'll stand up – and share with him how to secure the border, because that's the issue that's important."
The governor said he wrote to the White House about four weeks ago requesting time with the president, even before Obama's Texas schedule was announced.
Bill White, the Democratic nominee for governor, has said he intends to maintain his campaign obligations in West Texas on Monday and has not sought a meeting with Obama while he's in Texas.
After a campaign speech Friday to the Fort Worth Rotary Club, he dismissed questions about whether he was worried about being too closely identified with the Democratic president.
"I really don't think about stuff like that," he said. "I don't use national figures as surrogates for me. I tend to campaign for myself."
Asked to assess Obama's performance in office, White dodged, saying, "I generally don't give running commentary on other levels of government."
What does that even mean? Bill White has used national figures plenty including Bill Clinton in a fundraising letter... and no running commentary on other levels of government? That is such a weird response...